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Edward Tufte to headline Richard Feynman celebration

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Edward Tufte with the Feynman van. Photo by Michael Kindig
The life and work of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman will be in the spotlight at Fermilab in April, when renowned designer and artist Edward Tufte arrives to anchor a multilevel Feynman celebration. Plans include a fascinating lecture by one of Feynman’s best friends, a concert, the display of a very special van and Airstream trailer, and an exhibit of artwork by Tufte.

It all kicks off on Saturday, April 12, as Tufte’s exhibit, "The Cognitive Genius of Feynman Diagrams," opens for its 10-plus-week run in the Fermilab Art Gallery in Wilson Hall. Tufte’s sculptures are based on Feynman’s famous diagrams, a method of visualizing the interactions of subatomic particles that is used in almost every scientific analysis Fermilab makes.

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Huun Huur Tu: Throat Singers of Tuva.
To celebrate the opening, there will be a concert and lecture on Saturday, April 12. Huun Huur Tu: Throat Singers of Tuva, will perform at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium, preceded by a lecture by Feynman’s friend Ralph Leighton at 7 p.m. in the One West hall. Leighton will talk about Feynman’s wish to see the small country of Tuva, from which the Huun-Huur-Tu singers hail. Tickets for the concert and lecture, as well as access to Tufte’s exhibit, are available at the Arts and Lecture Series website.

Then, on Wednesday, April 16, the Fermilab Art Gallery will host an artist’s reception for Tufte. Admission is free, but space is limited, so register online. The exhibit also includes four pieces displayed outside of Wilson Hall — two of Tufte’s larger sculptures, his Airstream Trailer "Interplanetary Explorer," and a famous van, which once belonged to Feynman, bedecked with Feynman diagrams. While the Art Gallery is only open by appointment, the rest of the exhibit is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

Tours of Tufte’s exhibit will be given every other Saturday starting April 26, and the gallery will be part of the Wednesday morning tours of the lab.

Visit us on the Web for more information on the entire celebration, call 630-840-6825 or email georgia@fnal.gov.
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Photo column spacer Tornado and Severe Storm Seminar with Tom Skilling – Saturday, April 5, noon and 6 p.m.
FREE
It’s an annual tradition here at Fermilab. WGN weather superstar Tom Skilling will host his immensely popular seminar twice on April 5, with roughly four-hour sessions scheduled for noon and 6 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. Guests this year include Louis Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service; Ed Fenelon, head of the National Weather Service’s Chicago Forecast Office; Don Wuebbles of the University of Illinois; and Russell Schneider, head of the NWS Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma. Admission is free, but you will want to arrive early to get a good seat. Visit this page for more information.
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Photo column spacer Wonders of Science Show – Sunday, April 6, 1-2 p.m.
The Wonders of Science show is an eye-popping visual spectacle for kids of all ages. Now in its 27th year, the show features Weird Science, a troupe of teachers who have been recognized nationally and locally for their ability to engage young minds. Kids will get to see the explosive effects of chemistry and physical science in a way that will leave them wide-eyed and grinning. The show is intended for ages 7-12, and each family will receive a science kit, to conduct their own experiments at home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Go online for tickets and information. For additional information call 630-840-5588 or email edreg@fnal.gov.
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Photo column spacer STEM Career Expo – Wednesday, April 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
FREE
Do you know high school students interested in a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics? The STEM Career Expo is a free event that brings students together with professionals in a number of fields and lets them ask questions. It’s not a job fair, but it is a chance for students to talk one on one with people working in the fields they are interested in. The Expo will feature Fermilab scientists as well as representatives of several local companies and research organizations, and will include several panel discussions. The event is free and open to all high school students. Visit this page for more information.
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Photo column spacer Lecture by Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer – Friday, April 25, 8 p.m.
This month’s public lecture gives you the chance to meet Fermilab’s new director, Nigel Lockyer. His talk is titled “Sticks and Stones, Particles and Batteries: Ben Franklin Would be Pleased,” and it will detail the progress of particle physics over the last century, how it relates to applications in the field and the role of energy. Go online for tickets to Lockyer’s lecture.
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Photo column spacer Tevatron experiments find last known way of producing top quarks
Press release: Scientists complete the top quark puzzle.
Popular Science: Scientists make largest quark, solving a 20-year mystery.
Kane County Chronicle: Fermilab discovers way to create top quark.
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Photo column spacer Particle Fever documentary premieres in Naperville
WDCB Radio: New documentary captures chase for the Higgs boson.
Beacon-News: Film showcases Fermilab's work on quest to find the Higgs boson.
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Photo column spacer In-depth pieces on Fermilab’s LBNE and NOvA experiments
CosmOnline: Why does anything exist at all?
Medill News Service: Fermilab seeks clues to universe in ghost-like neutrinos.
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Contact Info
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Calendar

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Apr. 1, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Apr. 2, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Big Woods South Volunteer Day FREE
Thur., Apr. 3, 9-11:30 a.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Apr. 3, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know the Lederman Science Center FREE
Sat., Apr. 5, 10 a.m.-noon
Grades 4 and up

Tornado and Severe Storm Seminar with Tom Skilling FREE
Sat., Apr. 5, Noon and 6 p.m.

Wonders of Science
Sun., Apr. 6, 1-2 p.m.
Ages 7-12

Ask-a-Scientist: So We Found the Higgs Boson, Now What?
Sun., Apr. 6, 1-4 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

English Country Dancing FREE
Sun., Apr. 6, 2-5 p.m.

Brush Cutting Volunteer Day FREE
Mon., Apr. 7, 1-3 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Apr. 8, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Apr. 9, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Apr. 10, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventures: Primary Physical Science
Sat., Apr. 12 , 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Grades 1-2

Pre-Concert Lecture: Richard Feynman’s Fantasy
Ralph Leighton
Sat., Apr. 12, 7 p.m.

Huun-Huur-Tu: Throat Singers of Tuva
Sat., Apr. 12, 8 p.m.

Barn Dance
Sun., Apr. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Education Center Woods Volunteer Day FREE
Tue., Apr. 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Apr. 15, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Apr. 16, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Artist Reception for Edward Tufte FREE
Wed., Apr. 16, 5-7 p.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Apr. 17, 7:30-10 p.m.

Big Woods Volunteer Day FREE
Sat., Apr. 19, 9 a.m.-noon

Barn Dance
Sun., Apr. 20, 2 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Apr. 22, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Apr. 23, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

STEM Career Expo FREE
Wed., Apr. 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Grades 9-12

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Apr. 24, 7:30-10 p.m.

Lecture Series: Sticks and Stones, Particles and Batteries: Ben Franklin Would Be Pleased
Nigel Lockyer
Fri., Apr. 25, 8 p.m.

Science Adventures: Creativity and Circuitry
Sat., Apr. 26, 9 a.m.-noon
Grades 3-5

Tour of Tufte exhibit FREE
Sat., Apr. 26, 10 a.m.
Call 630-840-6825 to register

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Apr. 29, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Apr. 30, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

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